Readers' Poll: The Best Beach Boys Songs of All Time - Rolling Stone
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Readers’ Poll: The Best Beach Boys Songs of All Time

See your favorites by the reunited group

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Robert Matheu

The Beach Boys are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a major reunion tour in support of That's Why God Made the Radio, their 29th album and first of new material since 1992. The band has built up a staggering body of work over the past five decades, ranging from brilliant bubblegum singles about girls, cars and surfing to their melancholy masterwork, Pet Sounds. We asked you to name your favorite Beach Boys songs and compiled this list of your top 10 picks.

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1. ‘God Only Knows’

It doesn't come as a surprise that the Beach Boys' finest ballad won this poll by a significant margin. "God Only Knows," sung by the late Carl Wilson, is one of the most heart-melting love songs ever penned, a piece of music so gorgeous in its form and sentiment that Paul McCartney, one of Wilson's few creative rivals in the Sixties, declared it to be his favorite song of all time.

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